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Video streamed event and on demand: Parsifal

OperaVisionRecorded at YBL Palace, Budapest, Hungary
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Dates/times in your browser's time zone
Friday 15 April 202217:00
On demand until Saturday 15 October 2022 12:00
Hungarian State Opera
Balázs KocsárConductor
András Almási-TothDirector
Sebastian HannakSet Designer
Lili IzsákCostume Designer
Tamás PillingerLighting Designer
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
Hungarian State Opera Chorus
Enikő PerczelDramaturgy
Mihály KálmándyBaritoneAmfortas
Károly SzemerédyBaritoneKlingsor
Andrea SzántóMezzo-sopranoKundry
István KovácsháziTenorParsifal
András PalerdiBassGurnemanz
József MukkTenorFirst knight of the Grail
István RáczBassTiturel
Judit NémethMezzo-sopranoA voice from on high
András Káldi KissBassSecond knight of the Grail
Lilla HortiSopranoFirst Flowermaiden / First Group
Ildikó MegyimóreczMezzo-sopranoSecond Flowermaiden / First Group
Lusine SahakyanMezzo-sopranoThird Flowermaiden / First Group
Beatrix FodorSopranoFirst Flowermaiden / Second Group
Boglárka BrindásSopranoSecond Flowermaiden / Second Group
Melinda HeiterMezzo-sopranoThird Flowermaiden / Second Group
Dóra BartaChoreography
Gábor CsikiChoirmaster / chorus director

A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the kingdom?

In his final music drama Parsifal, Wagner fashions the fear of the temptations and sinful desires into a tale of redemption. The score contrasts the sacred with the sensual, from the stark magnificence of the music for the procession to the Grail Hall in Act I to the richly orchestrated scene in which Kundry attempts to seduce Parsifal in Act II. There are sections of almost unearthly beauty such as the Act I Prologue and the closing scene of the opera, in which Parsifal reveals the Grail to the knights. OperaVision viewers discover András Almási-Tóth’s new production conducted by Balázs Kocsá live at its premiere on Good Friday at Hungarian State Opera. Known as the Ybl Palace after its architect, Miklós Ybl, this magnificent building reopened in March 2022 after over five years of restoration.

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